Servants & Thieves (Book One)
They thought their trip to London would be fun, then disaster strikes…
Amy (16) and Ben (14) have two problems. First, while the family is visiting London, their parents go missing in a freak lab accident, caused by a high-tech quantum device and an ancient Egyptian arch. Second, through a similar mishap, Amy and Ben find themselves transported back to the middle of the Victorian era.
As they struggle to survive this complex time period, they launch a frantic search for clues of their parents’ whereabouts, and scramble to find the way back home before more trouble catches up with them. But trouble does come, in the form of thieves, mistaken identities, an eccentric crime lord, a self-proclaimed prophet, and other mysterious happenings. Will our twenty-first century heroes prevail over Queen Victoria’s London?
Prophets & Liars (Book Two)
They went through the arch, but are not out of danger yet…
With their parents still missing, Amy and Ben Matthews enter the apparatus a second time, hoping it will take them home. Instead, they find themselves stuck in the late 17th Century.
In this sequel to Servants and Thieves, the Matthews children struggle to blend in during an even more primitive time than the Victorian era. Amy befriends a noble’s daughter, posing as a Spanish girl of the same rank, while Ben joins up with a troupe of actors who are staging an oddly familiar play.
With clues about their parents fewer and the threat of discovery ever looming, Amy and Ben are hard-pressed to focus on getting home, and they are not prepared for the setbacks and calamities that overtake them in these tumultuous times of London’s history. Will our 21st century heroes be able to survive, even when so many people of that time did not?
Conquerors & Kings (Book Three)
Things just keep getting worse for them...
Further in the past than ever before, Amy and Ben Matthews encounter a whole new set of problems to contend with. There’s the army that has invaded London, and the delusional general, who accuses the teens of being spies. And there’s the strange Egyptian arch, which continues to beckon them with its siren call. But will that ancient artifact finally deliver them home? Or will it send them to some other time?
Less concerned now about fitting in, Amy and Ben labor to simply survive in the cruelest century they've seen yet, the early Middle Ages. Basics don’t come easy, as simple things like food, beds, or friendly faces are scarce to be found. They also struggle to find any clue that their parents are still in the past and haven’t abandoned them.
This final volume of the series chronicles the adventures of Amy and Ben through the distant past as they search for their parents and try to make sense of what is happening to them. As they do so, they uncover startling facts about where they are, who they’re with, and the one true thing that has been calling to them from the beginning.
Given a choice between saving the world through luck, wits and guts, or exploring lost civilizations where no one has been for thousands of year, Amy Matthews would rather read a book. In fact, she has read several books in which the world is saved through sheer luck, razor-sharp wits, and phenomenal courage, and in which long-lost civilizations are once again found. Most of these books she can recall with a stunning amount of detail.
Most of the time, Amy is a level-headed teenager, 16-years-old, who takes care of her younger brother with the maximum amount of complaining. She is not above performing a grand drama of emotion and arguing to get her way, but has had little success with such tactics against her pragmatic parents.
Ben is never found sitting on the sidelines when something exciting is going on. He loves to be in the middle of it all, much to the chagrin of his parents and his sister. Ben lives for the action. If there is an open door, or an unexplored alleyway, he’s the first one through.
His impulsiveness has more than once gotten him into trouble. He is a great problem-solver, and tinkerer, but his quick decisions sometimes leave him wondering what he’s gotten himself into.
One special item of note: his pockets. Most boys have pants pockets or coat pockets, in which you may find some change, a candy wrappers, or perhaps some string. Ben, however, has a plethora of items stored away in his pockets. One never knows what he might pull out at any given moment, but it is usually something he can adapt to the occasion.
Dr. & Dr. Matthews
These are the parents of Amy and Ben, Dr. Elliot Matthews (a professor of Applied Quantum Physics, and consultant to Theoretical Physics laboratories) and Dr. Sheryl Matthews (a professor of Mathematics). Better know to the children as Dad and Mom.
Dad tends to be the visionary, the one who is always seeking the greener grass and the higher ideals. Mom is the practical one, doling out love and discipline to her family with a fair hand. They both love their work, and get caught up in the excitement of pushing science to its theoretical limits.